The Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of actions directed by the White House that would affect millions of lawful gun owners. They haven't gone over well with those who support gun rights.
"But no amendment — no amendment to the Constitution is absolute," said Biden. "So, the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution."
Among his planned actions are what would effectively ban stabilizing braces for pistols, placing them under NFA regulation, outlawing the common use of so-called "80 percent" firearms and receivers without going through an FFL for the added costs and red tape of a background check, pushing states to implement controversial and adversarial gun seizure order laws that typically do not allow for Constitutionally-protected due process; and install a new ATF (which Biden referred to repeatedly as "AFT") director pulled directly from the staff of a national anti-gun group.
The reaction from conservative lawmakers and pro-2A groups across the spectrum to such planned – and initial – moves by the Biden-Harris admin against gun rights was strong.
“The Second Amendment is a foundational part of our country and key to protecting our freedoms. Diminishing the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise that right won’t make our streets safer, but it could put good people in harm’s way. President Biden is overstepping his legal authority and undermining the Constitution, taking action which will encourage states to enact extreme gun control legislation and limit the ways people can protect themselves and their families. The administration should consider enforcing the laws we already have in place and focus on mental health efforts to address the root cause of violence, not unilaterally weaponizing the federal government to infringe upon the American people’s fundamental rights.”
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group of the American firearms industry, which spans from publicly traded gun makers to mom-and-pop local gun stores:
The President’s nomination of David Chipman to lead the ATF is overt politicization of the bureau that regulates the firearm industry. This is putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house. Mr. Chipman was a registered lobbyist for the gun control group Everytown, before joining Giffords gun control in 2019. The idea of a gun control front man leading the agency to regulate firearms is unacceptable. Gun control groups would have howled if President Trump nominated someone from the firearm industry to run the ATF during his term in office.
This is a troubling reversal of years of proactive safety cooperation between ATF and the firearm community. The men and women of ATF have a difficult enough mission, they deserve a leader without a political agenda.
The president never mentioned combating criminal misuse of firearms or holding criminals accountable for their crimes. He only spoke of ways he could take away the God-given rights of those who obey the law.
In a time when Americans have clearly spoken with their wallets, setting monthly record after record of new firearms sold, this move is a brazen and shameless attempt to redline the right to bear arms. And while these new edicts will come directly from the executive branch, Biden is joined in his despotic campaign by the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Diane Feinstein, and other autocratic elites.
Joe Biden just bypassed Congress to attack your Second Amendment rights! Biden is targeting homemade and pistol-braced firearms. And he is calling on Congress and states to enact Red Flag gun confiscation orders.
Like a dictator, Biden is seeking to unilaterally regulate firearms that gun owners currently own. And he’s doing this via executive action—bypassing the constitutional requirements which give Congress the authority to pass legislation.
"The president has essentially raised the black flag, and we see nothing positive for American gun owners or the firearms industry.” – Second Amendment Foundation
“Nobody from the Biden administration has reached out to us or any other rights organization to my knowledge, which certainly clarifies Biden’s approach to firearms regulation,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “He came into office talking about unity, but he just declared war on tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners who have committed no crimes.”
Biden’s nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is another alarming development, Gottlieb said. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.
“Joe Biden just nominated a man now working for the Giffords gun control lobbying group to head the agency responsible for gun law enforcement,” Gottlieb observed. “That’s not just a bad signal to gun owners. The president has essentially raised the black flag, and we see nothing positive for American gun owners or the firearms industry.”
The DOJ and the ATF should not write laws. Their original approval, then reversal, of things like arm braces and bump stocks, has been consistently capricious and arbitrary. Even (especially?) under the previous administration. And like our opposition the previous administration doing it with bump stocks, this is just as stupid.
Amend the NFA if you want to amend the NFA. Arbitrarily turning millions of legal gun owners into felons seems like a really good way to spend a lot of time in court. Either that or a whole bunch of people get “free SBR tax stamps.”
We can’t see either solution surviving a court challenge.
From the Pink Pistols:
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